We've talked about the classic white sneaker on The Urban Gentleman since the beginning… since 2008. We told stories of yearly back to school shopping and finding the perfect pair of white sneakers for the upcoming year. Now in 2016 our view and nostalgic childhood flashbacks have made it mainstream and nearly everyone and every brand has a pair of white sneakers you can rock.
So to help narrow down the choices, there are 50 pairs of white sneakers for men below ranging from classic shell-toe Adidas to Common Projects. My advice is to choose the style that makes you hype + fits your budget. I think all the styles, sleek or bulky, futuristics or classic, can look good on any body type, frame, or complexion. Let us know about your favorite pair of white sneakers by commenting on here, Facebook , or Instagram.
Many People Wore Stan Smiths During New York Fashion Week Mens
MY STYLE: I'm currently rocking Adidas Shell-Toes… I wore them to both New York Fashion Mens, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Alot of the fashion kids are rockin' some version of a low-top Adidas, actually most were sporting the Stan Smiths, white with green accent. The year before my main white sneaker was a pair of off white classic Converse All-Stars. And for this upcoming year I've been considering Common Projects, but then remembered I met a guy from Paris at AfroPunk who designs shoes and has an awesome pair of white trainers in his line. If we're able to reconnect I may just be rocking those… we'll see. I'm streamlining my life and my search is for a pair that can sustain truly being worn daily if needed, for 365 days, and still look awesome and be comfortable with minimum effort. Open to suggestions.
These 6 pair: (from top right, clockwise): Adidas Shell-Toes (my current white shoe of choice); Common Projects (my future white shoe of choice); Stan Smith (worn by many at Fashion Week this past year); Puma Roma (my favorite pair of white shoes late high school, early college); Nike Air Max (because, Nike is cool… we had fun with them in Chicago); Converse All Stars (I found a pair while window shopping 2 years ago and felt a connection).
AFROPUNK LAST YEAR: Sneaker designer I met is on the right.
Choice your perfect Fedora, here.
If you don't wanna go the subtle 90s route, then there's the literal option with modern accents. Instead of wearing your overalls with an oversized tee or jersey like Zac (Saved by the Bell ) or Will (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ), pair it with a fitted denim button up. Instead of baggy pants or shorts with your boxy printed tee, opt for tailor fit denim
AllSaints denim shirt, Topman Overalls, Vintage RL Denim Hat, Floral Vans
Zanerobe shorts, Vintage Georgia Tech hat, Nike Air Huarache
Introducing New TUG Crew members Josh & Chris
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Summer Elegance. Sometimes, or maybe alot of the times, you need more than ripped jeans and a t-shirt for your casual menswear. In the same sentiment of The New Summer Classics, try one or both of these looks to satisfy your more elegant side.
How to Ensure Your Wardrobe is Summer Elegant?
– A neutral palette that compliments your skin tone. Darker skin tones = beige, khaki, white / Paler skin tones = brown, burgundy, olive
– Fit. Not too big, not too small… just right.
– Material. While there are exceptions to the rule stay away from sporty workout materials.
AllSaints button-up, AllSaints shorts, AllSaints sweater, Topman tassel loafers, Vintage accessories
A tucked in button up is always preferred, but in summer months you get to forgo "the rules"… keep it loose and untucked for a more airy comfortable feeling.
Sidenote: I would like to commend AllSaints for the thoughtfulness of their button-up design above. These days we button it up— all the way, it's very stylish, but it can be a little tight on the neck. Their button-up features a hook top button that is hidden under the collar. This gives a cleaner crisper look and allows the neck a little breathing room. #TUGCrew says thanks.
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AllSaints Knit Sweater, Sol Angeles Shorts, Cole Haan Espadrilles, Vintage Accessories
Summer Elegant accessories includes items such as hats, beads, and anything that will add to your outfit without overpowering it.
Come back tomorrow, for Look 3. – #TUGCrew
Join us over the next couple months in our Summer Series: Teasers. The series will include the latest and the greatest in men's fashion, style, and grooming. If you don't already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and as we finally build up our Instagram.
Let's start this 3 part Men's Fashion Look Book with the mandatory summer basics. These are some core summer wardrobe staples that will keep you, well, swaggy at all times.
The 90s: Dwayne Wayne and em’. As far as the 90s trend— we’ve moved from The Fresh Prince to A Different World. You and your crew should give a subtle Hillman College aura when hanging about. But it’s 2015, so your Whitley looks more like Tika Sumpter of course ;-). The 90s subtlety comes from your choice of accessories, hairstyle/cut, and mix in of athletic wear and prep.
Men's Summer Fashion
Custom ripped Levis, Topman crew top, Topman huarache loafers, Duluth Pack backpack (above)
Ripped Jeans: Summer jeans might as well keep you cool, right? Rip’ it, cut it, breeaaathe. Pair them with huarache loafers– my favorite urban gent summer shoe btw, a lightweight short sleeve summer knit, the classic 90s herringbone, digital gold watch, and circle frames.
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Swimwear as Streetwear. You never know when a day party will turn into a pool party, so just be ready. Bright pool-adaptable shorts paired with a net / mesh shirt and chains worn underneath to give an inconspicuous shine at the right angles. Keep the top boxy, but proportionate to ensure a masculine look. Simple classic kicks, we chose suede navy Nikes, you might choose burgundy New Balances– wearer's choice.
Men's Summer clothing is all about keeping cool and staying ready.
Topman net shirt, Topman trunks, Nike Air Odyssey, Chrome backpack, Vintage frames and accessories
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Come back tomorrow, for Look 2. – #TUGCrew
Finally, here's the Men's Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Style Trend Guide, Part I.
My focus or want for the Spring Summer 2012 trends is 'something new', or the same but remixed. Meaning, some of this ish is getting stale. Okay okay not completely stale, but just redundant. For example, I've been killing Spicy Grilled Salmon Sushi lately, eating it damn near every day. Then one day I had it, and it just wasn't as good– flavors were there, they made it right in front of me so it was fresh, but my belly just wasn't rejoicing the same way it usually does. My taste-buds weren't savoring the flavors like usual, so I had to space out my sushi dining to every 3-4 days or so, allowing me to appreciate and savor it more. That's sorta what we have to do with some of the Mad Men 60's type style… we gotta pull back so that it can be savored.
There are a couple of particular trends that I'm excited about focusing on this year… two in particular one main one for spring/summer and another for fall/winter. I'll let you know what those are later. For now, in usual Urban Gentleman Style Guide form, check out some of the main Spring Summer 2012 the trends below:
Above: Iceberg, Frank Morello, Canali
Spring's Got the Blues. As usual right. Designers love to blue up their spring collections, so it's no different this year. From the schoolyard royal blue to classic navy to the airiest sky blue, all hues of blue are seen this season.
Above: General Idea, D&G, Louis Vuitton
Pattern Me Crazy. In keeping with a trend that we'll get into later this season, there's the overall trend of patterns. Stripes, flowers, native, camouflage, plaid, even polka dots and animal prints (in moderation). Options options options, you have to love that men have that now, not just options in colors or fits, but in patterns– schweeet!
Above: Etro, Yigel Azrouel, Giorgio Armani
The Formal Utilitarian. Another of my favorite trends is the mixing of formal wear with sportswear, in particular utilitarian gear. It's something that we saw alot of on the streets of Italy last year during Fall/Winter so why not bring it into the Spring. Back in the day, the mixing of casual and formal was throwing on a pair of sneakers with a suit, we've graduated from such simplicity and take things to a different place. Now it's throwing on a parka with that dress shirt, dress paints and tie, refined leather hard-bottoms worn with rolled-up cargo pants, rugged lace-up boots worn with double-breasted blazers.
Above: Kanye West, Balmain (Spring/Summer), David Beckham
The Basic White. Going all black has been in trend for awhile, now the opposite befalls us. Lately more and more celebrities have been keeping it simple, with high-dollar simple white t-shirts and white button downs. While some are going pattern crazy other's opt for the opposite, and you just gotta respect it… you just do.
Above: Calvin Klein, Versace, Thierry Mugler, Richard Chair
Bright & Bold. Designers and retailers alike really want us to pop into spring with some color– the commercials are relentless. While wearing bold and bright colors may seem like more of a girl thing to some, boys can do it to. I just implore you to do it in a more studious and conscious way. Don't just throw on a bunch of colors, mix a bold color with a neutral. Make your bold or bright color unexpected… all navy suit, with bright orange brogues -or- neutral base (top and bottom) with a bright colored jacket.
Above: Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Billy Reid
Back to Easy Fit. I'm such an advocate of well-fitting tailored clothes, but the looser fits designers are re-introducing are secretly making me happy. Why? B/c some people don't know the difference between tailored and too damn tight… if your junk is very visibly exposed maybe rethink it, unless you're a rock star (in real life or in your mind– can't hate on the dreamers). And if you're sagging with too skinny jeans, you really gotta rethink some things… this is a real issue :-/ So going back to looser fits may just be what the people need. Looser fitting more airy silhouettes are making its way back to retail thanks to designers efforts over the past few seasons.
More Spring Summer 2012 Trends:
(Many of the same ole oldies but goodies are still into play, mixed with newer or reemerging trends we're growing to love)
– Sockless. Same trend, different season.
Check out Part II of the Men's Spring Summer Fashion Style Trend Guide, later this week and next, to "Get the Look".
Parks & Recreation: Snapback & Tees (Summer Edition).
(behind-the-scenes video of Parks & Recreation: Summertime Style)
Lately we've been so caught up in button-downs, selvedge denim, shawl collar cardigans, and double-breasted blazers that we've forgotten about the relaxed easiness of a simple t-shirt and shorts. So we pulled out the snapbacks, fresh tees, a variety of shorts, and matching accessories to help get you through what seems to be the hottest days of summertime. Also, introducing, Ben Swann #TeamTUG.
An afternoon at the park.
10:37AM// Eat breakfast.
11:15AM// Pack your bag for a good ole time at the park (yo-yo, check, frisbee, check, a ton of games to have old-fashion fun, check…).
11:45AM// Always say "hi" to the neighbors or passersby, wave or casually throw up deuces (aka peace sign).
11:51AM// Look both ways before crossing the street.
12:03PM// Keep cool and be nostalgic– buy a popsicle from the ice cream man.
12:19PM// Sit on a bench (in the shade of course), people watch, and ponder upon life.
12:43PM// Play frisbee with a friend. (or any other park-friendly sport to your liking)
1:42PM// Take a breather and relax before heading home, or to your next destination.
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